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Does this look like Japanese knotweed to you?

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allovertheworld Fri 03-Jul-15 21:13:47

Spotted this in a house we were viewing and it looks a bit like J knotweed but surely at this time of year it would be bigger? Not an expert though so hoping someone here might be...

Two separate plants, will post pics in this and another post

Crikeyblimey Fri 03-Jul-15 21:16:03

Hmmm - does a bit.

When selling a house you have to declare any Japanese Knotweed but only far down the selling line.

SophieJenkins Fri 03-Jul-15 21:16:51

Yes, it does but I'm not an expert.

Looks like it's coming through from next door.

allovertheworld Fri 03-Jul-15 21:17:44

This is still first plant, was at end of garden so about 80ft from house. Maybe coming from neighbours?

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 03-Jul-15 21:23:11

I think it is,yes.

allovertheworld Fri 03-Jul-15 21:23:17

This is second plant which was nearer house, buy I think it looks more like a tree than a bamboo type plant

allovertheworld Fri 03-Jul-15 21:29:01

Oh sorry I missed your posts. Thank you, glad I'm not being entirely paranoid. A bit sad as the house was lovely in every other way but good to know early.

BBQsAreSooooOverrated Fri 03-Jul-15 21:29:51

It looks like it. The leaves grow out in a zig zag pattern.

Poofus Fri 03-Jul-15 21:31:37

Yes, definitely JK. Don't buy the house or start ordering the glyphosate!

SophieJenkins Fri 03-Jul-15 21:34:50

You could get it for a very low offer if you're up for the work and possibly legal action it would entail - your neighbours might be unwilling to sort, not sure what you would have to do but it wouldn't be worth sorting yours unless they also eradicated theirs.

allovertheworld Fri 03-Jul-15 21:42:20

It's the neighbours element that would put me off; already feel stressed at the idea of being reliant on another person to sort it out fully. Still it gives us something concrete to say to the agents when we feed back

ChilliAndMint Fri 03-Jul-15 21:42:53

Possibly, strong dowsing of glyphosate recommended. Wait till it's proper dead then burn it.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 03-Jul-15 21:47:13

Is it really that big a problem if it's 80ft from the building? That's about 25m, so surely can't pose a risk to the structure. Glyphosphate applied liberally and repeatedly will kill it.

TheCrowFromBelow Fri 03-Jul-15 21:53:47

Even far away from the house if it comes up at survey (and it would) your mortgage company will want to know that it has been eradicated before lending, it is very easily spread and can cause structural damage very quickly.

If it's coming from the neighbours' side they should sort it but it could be a painful process to get them to.

allovertheworld Fri 03-Jul-15 21:54:16

Shatners yes the fact it's so far up the garden was a positive, even so it's a complication for getting a mortgage etc I think. But as I said good to be aware of the potential problem at this stage, and adjust our offer (if we make one) accordingly.

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